2019 Jordan Photography Expedition
“I’m always on the look-out for opportunities to travel in a unique way and see a destination the way typical tourists can’t. This photo expedition with Joe is special. A long-time traveler to Jordan, Joe’s done many video and photography projects in Jordan. His contacts there are invaluable. Plus, he’s taking us to all his favorite spots… introducing us to local customs that aren’t on a typical tourist’s radar… and arranging special moments only a local on the ground can help us secure. It’s a one-of-a-kind trip you won’t want to miss.” – Lori Allen, Director, Great Escape Publishing
From the lost city of Petra to the marvels of the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum Desert…
Relics of many of the world’s great civilizations are still scattered across the Jordanian landscape today.
- Travel by camel through the city of Petra…
- Float weightlessly in the lowest land point on earth, the Dead Sea…
- Spend the night in one of National Geographic’s voted top 25 eco-lodges on the planet…
- Meet some of the kindest people in a culture warm and welcoming to foreigners…
- Taste-test new and amazing local food…
- Safari by Jeep through spectacular desert landscapes…
- And photograph the majestic Treasury by candlelight…
“I know where all the best photo opportunities are and I’m excited to share them with you.” – Joe Sindorf
This May 10-20, 2019: One of our most magical and spellbinding tours. Beginners welcome!
Join us as we explore the captivating civilizations of Jordan and learn how to take inspiring photographs we can sell for $50, $150 or even $500.
This spring, alongside award-winning professionals Joe and Kathy Sindorf, you’ll:
- Explore the “lost city” of Petra by day, then return to experience its quiet magic by candlelight…
- Camp under the dazzling night sky in Wadi Rum desert…
- Watch the golden sunset over The Dead Sea… after floating weightlessly and enjoying its healing properties…
- Wander the bustling and colorful souks of Amman…
- Go back in time as you roam the 1st-century Roman city of Jerash…
- Taste sumptuous Middle-Eastern foods and Bedouin tea and coffee…
- And more…
All while learning everything you need to know to improve your photography, sell your images, and earn an income from your vacations.
Imagine feeling the pride and prestige that come with seeing your photos on the pages of travel magazines around the world or on the front page of top stock photography sites.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to travel to far-off exotic locations and capture images that you can sell to help pay for your next adventure… this expedition is for you.
Join us May 10-20, 2019, as we journey back in time and discover the “lost city” of Petra—one of the renowned seven wonders of the modern world—with our cameras in hand.
You’ll explore this lavish tapestry of cultures as you traverse vibrant cities, ancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes, and star-dazzled nighttime desert skies. Practicing your night photography, people photography, humanitarian-style journalism, and more.
You’ll spend 10 days exploring all that Jordan has to offer in a way you never could as a typical tourist—safely with professional photographers and humanitarian filmmakers Joe and Kathy Sindorf right by your side, ready to share their tips and secrets with you for creating images you can sell, again and again.
If Jordan isn’t on your bucket list, it should be!
Home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements, Jordan is a land steeped in history.
We’ll explore the narrow, colorful, fragrant corridors of the bustling souks (markets) in Amman… climb over the millennia-old ruins of its ancient Citadel… and remove our shoes and silently witness prayers at the splendid King Abdullah Mosque.
We’ll travel 1,412 feet below sea level to the lowest land point on the planet—the Dead Sea—and float weightlessly in its soothing mineral-rich waters. (You may even opt for a luxurious spa treatment with its world-renowned healing powers and there will be room in the schedule to do so.)
Then, wake up early the next morning to photograph the first rays of sunrise as they illuminate the rugged Judean hills across the sea in Israel.
“Joe and I bring university students to Jordan every year to learn about humanitarian videography. It’s a unique way to see the country and get inside the homes of locals and refugees to see the real plight of refugees finding safe haven in this magical country. Get ready to be impressed by how kind the local people are and how welcomed you’ll feel as a foreigner. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.” – Kathy Sindorf
We’ll venture through the Siq, its beautiful red-hued sandstone cliffs towering 500 feet high on either side. And emerge to the jaw-dropping site of the most famous archeological façade in the world—The Treasury of Petra—reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Last Crusade.
Dramatic photo opportunities are endless in this country, even as we form a camel caravan and ride together through this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site—an experience and a photo opportunity in one.
Then, return the next day after dark to experience the magic of Petra by candlelight, spellbound as the red sandstone is illuminated by the soft flickering light of thousands of candles and oil lamps. We’ll even hang around after the other travelers have left and have a unique photographic opportunity to capture the candle-lit magic, without the throngs of people in our photos.
Explore Jordan in the company of like-minded friends
You’ll journey through the other-worldly terrain of Wadi Rum, transfixed as the sun slices through its chiseled canyons at dawn and melts the division between rock and sand at dusk.
You’ll photograph your footprints in the endless drifts of red sand, before boarding Jeeps to go deeper, photographing the amazing desert vistas reminiscent of movies like Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story—all of which were filmed here.
You’ll capture the stunning view as the sun slips over the boundless horizon, then pull out your tripod and learn the art of night photography as you capture the glittering stars unpolluted by city lights.
“I’ve helped so many people get their start in night photography and I’m happy to do the same for you. It’s one of my favorite things.” – Joe Sindorf
After playing with night images, you’ll retire for a quiet night’s sleep in a luxury Bedouin tented caravan camp.
Here’s what past Great Escape guests have to say…
“Great Escape Publishing pulls out all the stops to plan an ‘experience’ not a ‘trip.’ Absolutely recommend them for seasoned and novice travelers alike.” — Connie Owens
“Great Escape Publishing keeps their workshops small on purpose so that each individual has one-on-one time with instructors and comes away with tangible results. You feel that they sincerely want you to be successful because they understand that your success… is their success! Destination workshops and world travel – works for me!” — Sarita Simmons
“My experiences from the 4 events I’ve attended with Great Escape Publishing have been fantastic! The people have been tremendous, and the help and guidance given throughout have been topnotch. I can’t wait for the next one.” — Scott Noe
“Great Escape Publishing is the only group I want to travel with on my journeys around the world.” — Sheri Escobar
“These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to travel to a new locale and explore while learning a new skill.” — Sandra M.
“I would definitely recommend this workshop to others. It’s a great way to explore a city and one’s own creativity.” — Heather G.
“Great Escape Publishing (GEP) has become a part of our life. We have been involved with GEP for over a decade, both online and in the field… Our photography and writing skills have steadily improved and we’ve made many new friends. As a former travel agent and travel agency owner I know what goes into planning and producing tours and trips. GEP does an amazing job. They have become our first choice when planning trips. In fact, we plan our other trips around what GEP has to offer. My recommendation – go with GEP.” – Wayne Simpson
Turn your travels into paid vacations using the skills and secrets you’ll learn in Jordan
This May you’ll not only visit Jordan but experience it.
You’ll see the world through the eyes of professional photographers and filmmakers, all while learning how to capture what you see in dramatic, vivid, and saleable images.
All with careful attention to beginners if you’re just starting out and don’t yet know how to work your camera.
No matter your level of ability or experience, every day you’ll see your photography skills grow and improve, turning your travel snapshots into professional images that photo buyers will clamor for.
And you don’t need fancy, expensive equipment or a huge complicated lens to take images that sell, either.
All you need is a camera and a grasp of the fundamentals of photography… fundamentals you’ll learn through classroom instruction and reviews, supplemented with daily in-field coaching and support as we travel through Jordan.
Over the course of 10 days, you’ll see your skills grow faster than you ever thought possible, returning home with images you can be proud of and the know-how to sell them for spare income.
Meet your instructors
Kathy and Joe Sindorf are a husband and wife team of renowned visual instructors. Kathy is a university professor who teaches video, photography, and digital media skills in the classroom and on-location. She’s trained humanitarians in seven countries how to shoot video and tell visual stories that impact their audiences emotionally, so they can raise awareness of important causes around the world.
Together, Joe and Kathy have led multiple academic study programs to Jordan where students have learned photography, video, and writing skills while working with refugees who have fled fighting in Syria and ISIS in Iraq.
Joe is an award-winning photographer and international humanitarian filmmaker who has worked in more than 75 nations around the world. His work often takes him to places where people are at their worst—in the aftermath of major natural disasters; surviving famine or drought; and suffering intense injustice.
He is in Jordan many times each year, working as a humanitarian filmmaker, writer, and photographer, documenting the reality and plight of the refugees who have fled to this safe country.
He knows the country intimately, and, together, Joe and Kathy are the perfect hosts and instructors to introduce you to the Jordan they have come to know and love.
Joe’s photographs have been published nationally and his video work has won international film festivals, the Emmy Award, the George Foster Peabody Award (often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize for broadcast media), and many others.
He is a talented photographer and instructor—not to mention an incredibly approachable person. His patience, knowledge, and friendliness will ensure that everyone, regardless of skill level, feels supported and encouraged.
“Loved Joe – he taught me how to finally go full manual and was a great resource. Fun, insightful and a great pro to have in the keep!” – Sharri Speaker
“Joe is a superb human being. He is extremely knowledgeable about all things photographic, and was very helpful in many ways. His presence was invaluable to the success of this trip.” – Alex Dominick
“Kathy, too, is a wonderful human being. She is kind and generous with her extensive knowledge of photography and electronics, and is thoughtful of everyone’s needs. She’s quite humorous, as well, having a great sense of fun, and is totally delightful to be around.” — Elizabeth Hershkowitz
“Joe has a lot of patience with inexperienced photographers, also great technical knowhow. Very approachable. A great artist willing to share all and very easy to understand.” – Deborah Kolb
“Kathy is a blast to be around: always ready for excitement. She has superhero energy and was quick to help whenever something got confusing. Kathy also knows how to tell a great story and keep her flock entertained. She has a professor’s catalogue of knowledge and love of learning, mixed with a student’s hopeful optimism. Great combination!” — Gayle Irwin
“Joe is not only an amazing photographer and videographer he is an amazing person. He is a great teacher, patient and generous. And he is also fun to be around and to spend that amount of time with. I would highly recommend anyone to take the opportunity to travel with Joe on one of these adventures. You will not regret it… Great photos and great memories.” – Colleen Bessel
“[Kathy is] Wonderful! A perfect complement to Joe. She is also knowledgeable and patient and like Joe. Great fun to be around.” — Wayne Simpson
“During the initial session, as we were introducing ourselves and stating why we were there, many of the participants said that they were there because of Joe. This having been my first time to meet Joe, I didn’t understand where these participants were coming from. By the end of the week, I understood. Joe fostered a feeling of family within the whole group. Throughout the week, we were all helping and caring about each other.” – Davis Chapman
If you’ve ever leafed through a glossy travel magazine and thought, “I wish I could take photos like that”…
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your travel photos—along with your name—spread across the glossy pages of travel magazines or hanging on a gallery wall…
If you long for the type of career (or sideline business) that allows you the luxury of traveling whenever you like and living wherever you choose…
If you love to travel and have thousands of memorable images sitting on your hard-drive waiting to be discovered…
Or, if you’re just hungry to see the ancient kingdom of Jordan in an adventurous and safe way, alongside a small group of like-minded people…
Then now’s your chance to have it all.
Not only will you come away with a real passion for this part of the world— having discovered it with a photographer’s eye (and with professional photographers who’ve been to these exact places many times before)—but you’ll also learn all the ins and outs you need to take amazing photos, capture incredible videos… and sell them for cash to fund your next adventure or piece of equipment.
Join us for the experience of a lifetime in Petra and Jordan, and we’ll help you transform your photography skills… and your life purpose.
Through Joe and Kathy’s classroom instruction and on-location practice you’ll learn:
- To get comfortable with your camera settings and the rules of composition…
- How to capture the changing light of an early morning sunrise over the sea or the setting sun across the desert sands…
- The secrets of shooting a star-lit night sky, with an award-winning professional photographer by your side, coaching you all the way…
- How to sell those spectacular images to travel magazines and publications…
- Tips on generating ongoing income through stock photography sites… which sites are best to get started, how it works, what kind of images work best…
- How the video button on your camera can multiply your stock portfolio opportunities and income… (Joe does this with his video work and he’ll show you how.)
- And more.
THE GREAT ESCAPE PUBLISHING DIFFERENCE
Great Escape Publishing is committed to creating tours and experiences that are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere. Here’s our 4-POINT PROMISE about what you can expect on this expedition and what makes us different.
1. SMALL GROUPS
You’ll be part of a small group of like-minded travelers… folks who want to explore, experience, and enjoy what’s unique and authentic about a place. The group size is capped at 12 people, so you get the chance to know everyone in the group, and you get plenty of one-on-one time from your instructor.
2. AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATIONS
It’s important to us that our accommodations match the destination. We seek out unique, boutique hotels that match the splendor of the city. From Hacienda-style lodges in Ecuador… to luxury tent camps on the Serengeti in Tanzania… a garden-inspired boutique hotel in Thailand… or a luxury boat in Ha Long Bay… our choice of lodging might just be your favorite part of the trip!
Here in Jordan you will stay at five different, hand-picked accommodations, from an award-winning candle-lit eco-lodge to a superior grade Bedouin tented caravan camp in the heart of the desert.
3. INSIDER EXPERIENCES
We like to explore places the average tourist probably doesn’t know about. We’ve made connections on the ground so we can visit the best sites, markets, festivals, restaurants, cafés, and villages that would be hard to find on your own.
We use local guides and we’ve geared our schedule toward photographers, so you can skip right to the heart of Jordan and capture experiences and images the regular tourist never will.
4. GENEROUS TEACHERS
Photography tours are a dime a dozen. But try to find a tour that teaches you how to take amazing photos AND how you can sell those images for a nice side income, and you’d be hard pressed.
The truth is, a lot of professionals don’t sell their photos anymore because they can make more money selling trips. Or if they do, they aren’t crazy about sharing their photography secrets and their income-earning advice with newbies.
But the photographers who lead Great Escape Publishing trips are some of the most generous teachers out there. They know that the need for great photos is only increasing—so the more people who can fill this need, the better for everyone!
On this expedition, you’ll have an established, award-winning expert by your side every step of the way, ready to share his professional insights and secrets to help you travel the world and get paid to do so.
Hands-on is the best way to learn
On a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground expedition like this, you’ll learn travel photography in a fun way… among new friends… and absorb skills faster than you ever thought possible!
With daily, in-the-field coaching and feedback, you’ll draw inspiration from the world around you—the ancient architecture, revered archeological treasures, stunning landscapes… all while exploring one of Earth’s oldest civilizations.
“Simply put, if I am ever to succeed as a travel photographer, it will be because of Joe and his words of wisdom and encouragement. He is truly a skilled photographer and happily shares his passion with all. I loved his simple tips for Lightroom! He is delightful company. What fun to be able to make friends who are also mentors!” – Mary Madden
“Joe is a fount of photography knowledge, with decades of experience behind him, and always ready to answer a question. He explains things in an easy-to-understand way. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met.” – Diana Ruddick
“Joe was great. I’ve been with other photographers and not learned as much as I did from Joe. He is very unselfish when it comes to assisting others, sacrificing some time for his own ‘shots’ in order to answer questions and support guests.” – Jim Best
“Joe is incredible!!! He knows everything and shares with you all his knowledge! He is very accessible! I adore him, he is a dream teacher to be in the photo trip!!!” – Tatyana Samadova
“Professional on every level, and also warm and kind and funny. He is hardworking, unassuming and approachable. I had the thrill of learning more about my camera, in the first three days, than I had struggled to learn in the last year! He’s a gem!” – Kerrie Barnett
You’ll return home with invaluable skills, sure to have you exploring the world and turning your stunning images into cash in no time. Not to mention all the memories you’ll make and the people you’ll meet… those you’ll learn with, have fun with, and continue to grow alongside.
This will be the trip of a lifetime! And when you’re not taking photos of an ancient city, or capturing the sun setting over the desert sands, or trekking through the Siq to reveal Petra by candlelight… you’ll have time to explore on your own, take photos, and create long-lasting memories that make your experience truly unique.
Experience what it’s like to travel as a photographer
Join us this May and see the world through the eyes of a husband-and-wife team of professional photographers and filmmakers.
Walk alongside them and see how they visualize and capture new and exotic locations.
Joe and Kathy have both traveled to Jordan many times (leading expeditions and on professional assignments) and they’ll make sure you have the best spot at the best time to capture unique and impressive images.
You’ll benefit from one-on-one, in-field instruction on a daily basis, as well as during lessons and review sessions.
It’s this kind of learning experience that can improve your skills in record time.
What’s more, every attendee will have lifetime access to our private online Facebook group, so you can continue to support each other on your journey and share your successes… and ask your questions… when you return home.
Whether you’re just starting out and have little experience, or you’re already an accomplished photographer, you’ll benefit immensely from this expedition.
Here’s a run-down of what you can expect…
May 10: Arrival at Queen Alia Airport, Amman
You’ll schedule your flight to arrive on this day at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). (Note: with international time changes, your flight will likely depart the previous day). You will be personally met at the airport and assisted with your transfer to our brand-new hotel in Amman.
Take some time to rest and relax before meeting up with the rest of the group the next morning. Dinner is on your own.
(Overnight: The House Boutique Suites, Amman)
May 11: Amman
After a lovely Middle Eastern breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet your instructors and fellow attendees to go over the schedule and have your first photography class on camera settings and composition. After class, we’ll visit the oldest sections of Amman.
We’ll walk through the bustling Souq (market) with its fragrant and colorful spices, fruits, and vegetables.
We’ll stroll through the famous glittering gold souq and find ourselves at the Ottoman-style Grand Husseini Mosque, built on the site of an ancient mosque dating to 640 AD.
After touring the prayer rooms of the mosque, we’ll explore the Roman Theater, built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 AD). The oldest falafel restaurant in Amman, Hashem, is our stop for lunch (where the King has been seen dining at times!).
After a refreshing lunch, we’ll drive to the ancient Citadel where millennia-old ruins make dramatic photographs, especially at sunset. We return to the hotel for dinner and a laid-back welcome reception.
(Overnight: The House Boutique Suites, Amman)
May 12: Petra
After breakfast, we’ll check out of our Amman hotel and begin our drive south to the jewel of Jordan’s archeological crown… Petra.
We’ll check in to the closest hotel to the entrance of this incomparable World Heritage Site and then begin our walk through the narrow Siq, a deep canyon that meanders between beautiful red-hued sandstone cliffs towering more than 500 feet high on either side.
At the end of the Siq is the dramatic reveal as the most famous archeological façade in the world comes into view—The Treasury—an elaborate and intricate structure, painstakingly carved into the towering red-rock face centuries ago.
This is where Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Last Crusade and many other films were shot!
As you wander through Petra, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the limitless, dramatic photo opportunities on your own.
After lunch at the renowned Basin restaurant, we’ll form a camel caravan and ride the entire length of Petra back to The Treasury before returning to our hotel for a drink at one of the oldest bars in the world—The Cave Bar—an original Nabatean Tomb dating back to the time of Christ… and then, take some much-needed rest!
(Overnight: Petra Guest House)
May 13: Petra
We’ll wake to a full Middle Eastern breakfast, and then gather for our first photo review, followed by some leisure time for hiking, spa treatments or shopping.
In the middle of the day, we’ll go to the Petra Kitchen for a cooking class, learning alongside a Jordanian chef, as we prepare local dishes found on a typical family’s menu, using fresh ingredients—and then enjoy the food we’ve created together for lunch! We’ll relax with a glass of wine as the afternoon shadows lengthen.
Then, as the sun dips below the canyon walls, we’ll meet again at the Siq to enter the magical world of Petra—this time at night, with the red sandstone canyon illuminated by flickering candlelight and the soft, luxurious glow of simple oil lamps.
We’ll arrive at The Treasury, bathed in warm light, our voices hushed as live Bedouin music blends with the desert wind, transporting us back to millennia past.
Some will shoot the most epic shots of our portfolios, our cameras mounted on tripods, shooting long exposures to capture the magic, while others will prefer to sit quietly, meditating, taking in this rare moment.
At the end of the evening, we’ll walk back through the candle-lit Siq… this time more relaxed, pausing for artistic shots that weren’t possible on the way in. Since our guesthouse is the closest to the entrance, we’ll have the shortest distance to walk to a late dinner and to find our rooms!
(Overnight: Petra Guest House)
May 14: Wadi Rum
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll depart for Wadi Rum, Jordan’s awe-inspiring, mountainous, high-desert region.
Lonely Planet describes this area as… “quintessential desert,” and says: “For the lucky few who can afford a day in their itinerary to sleep at one of the desert camps, it can be an unforgettable way of stripping the soul back to basics.”
We’ll join the ranks of “the lucky few” as we check into our superior grade Bedouin tented caravan camp in the desert expanse of Wadi Rum.
After checking in and enjoying lunch, we’ll travel deeper into the desert in four-wheel-drive vehicles to photograph amazing desert vistas, familiar backdrops in movies like The Martian and Rogue One.
Then, as the sun sets over the desert, we’ll capture its glory with Joe and Kathy alongside, ensuring we get the best shots.
After a delicious Bedouin feast, we’ll sit around the campfire sipping tea or wine and sharing our experiences of this magical country. And for those who wish… we’ll pull out our tripods and learn how to capture the magic of night photography as millions of twinkling stars light up the darkest of night skies—untouched by city light.
(Overnight: Rahayeb Desert Camp)
May 15: Wadi Rum, Dana Biosphere Reserve
We’ll rise before the sun. Everything will be dark except for scattered torches. It will be silent, except for our hushed voices and the wind whispering through canyons and over the red desert sands.
As we walk out of the camp, we’ll hear the sounds of livestock and meet up with our camels that will take us to a magical overlook as the rays of morning sunlight bring life to the rock formations and sand dunes of the Jordanian desert.
Then, after getting memorable photographs, we’ll return to camp on our camels, just as Lawrence of Arabia did in this very place 100 years ago.
After breakfast, we’ll drive northwest and enter the Dana Biosphere Reserve and the enchanting world of authentic Bedouin hospitality. Deep in this mountainous region, we’ll find the Feynan Ecolodge, named by National Geographic as one of the Top 25 eco-lodges in the world.
Here, set against the rugged landscape, we’ll wander through untouched wilderness and unwind in the serene courtyards and terraces of the candle-lit lodge.
As the sun sinks toward the horizon, we’ll walk into the hills to a great vantage point to view and photograph the sunset. As we set up our cameras, we’ll enjoy a cup of sweet tea, boiled over an open fire by a local Bedouin.
Dinner will be a delicious, vegetarian meal enjoyed on the terrace under the clear night sky. After dinner, we’ll go to the rooftop deck where, if the weather cooperates, we’ll be able to gaze at, and photograph, the Milky Way.
(Overnight: Feynan Ecolodge)
May 16: Dana Biosphere Reserve
After breakfast, we’ll have a photo review and class on how to process images in Lightroom, and then we’ll venture out into a remote and beautiful wadi (valley) to put our photographic skills into practice, learning how to handle light and create effects such as starbursts.
Lunch will be on the terrace, and then we’ll walk to a nearby Bedouin family’s home to experience their friendship and learn how coffee is an integral part of their interaction with others. We’ll watch coffee be roasted, ground, boiled, and then together we’ll enjoy the fresh brew, learning about the strong, ancient custom of Bedouin hospitality.
There will be leisure time to use your new Lightroom skills to process your images, followed by dinner and another beautiful night under the stars.
(Overnight: Feynan Ecolodge)
May 17: Kerak Castle, Dead Sea
After breakfast, we’ll again board our four-wheel-drive vehicles to meet our bus and continue our drive north.
Along the way, we’ll stop at the Kerak Castle. As we approach, the striking silhouette of this fortified town and castle will instantly make you understand why the fates of kings and nations were decided here for millennia. An ancient stronghold, Kerak has been a vital outpost of the Crusades, the Ottomans, and Islamic fighters and was known as Saladin’s favorite artillery position.
After wandering through the castle and the dramatic lighting and architecture it offers our cameras, we’ll drive further north to the lowest point of ground on the planet… the shores of the Dead Sea. Here, we’ll enjoy dinner at our 5-star resort, and watch a dramatic sunset, weather permitting.
(Overnight: Dead Sea Holiday Inn Resort)
May 18: Dead Sea
We’ll wake early to photograph the first rays of sunlight illuminating the rugged Judean Hills across the sea in Israel.
After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing experience floating in the Dead Sea, coating yourself with mineral-rich mud, and unwinding in the resort’s luxuriant pools. With your free time, you can opt for a luxurious spa treatment.
In the afternoon we’ll explore the surrounding area as we take a photo drive and enjoy another vantage point for sunset.
(Overnight: Dead Sea Holiday Inn Resort)
May 19: Amman
Today after breakfast, we’ll head further north to the ancient city of Jerash. This ancient Roman city is one of the most well-preserved cities of this era outside of Italy. Here, we’ll explore the timeless ruins of hilltop temples, long colonnaded streets and many theaters. History will come alive as we walk these ancient streets together.
After lunch, we’ll head back toward Amman for some free time for shopping before dinner.
(Overnight: The House Boutique Suites)
May 20: Amman
Our final full day in Jordan! After breakfast, we’ll have a class on selling our photography, followed by free time to shop and explore Amman on your own.
For lunch we’ll travel to East Amman where we’ll visit an Iraqi family—refugees from the war and fighting that forced them to leave everything, escaping with only their lives.
As their guests, and hosted by a reputable non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked with refugees for decades, we’ll hear their story and enjoy a home-cooked meal from their homeland. As their welcomed guests, sitting in their temporary home, sharing a meal, our eyes and hearts will be open to their plight and the plight of millions like them who temporarily call this country home.
Back at the hotel, we’ll have our final photo review, then rest up and prepare for our farewell dinner and late-night flights home.
You can schedule your return flight for departure that evening. Most international departures are late-night flights—around 1:00 – 2:00 am. Note that flights after midnight will be May 21 departures. If you prefer to have an extra day to relax, you can schedule an additional night at your own cost. We can assist with the booking.
Pricing and what’s included in your seven-day Jordan Expedition
Full Price: $6,797 per person
Special First Alert Discount: Save $800 with your special Discount when you sign up today.
The full price of this workshop is $6,797, but you’ll pay just $5,997* when you apply the $800 First Alert Discount and register today.
If your spouse or a guest would like to join you, he or she can do so for just $5,597.
(*Note: Additional discounts may apply. You can click through to the registration form at the link below to learn more.)
Easy payment plan: What’s more, if you’d like to take advantage of our easy payment plan, you can register today with a small down payment.
Here’s how it works:
- Reserve a seat on the expedition when you put your name on our attendee list today.
- When you do, you’ll automatically lock in the discounted workshop price of only $5,997* – a full $800 SAVINGS for you! (*Note: Additional discounts may apply.)
- We’ll bill your credit card a small down payment today, and spread the rest of the payments out comfortably between now and when the workshop starts in May (one payment per 30 days).
There are no additional fees for taking us up on this easy payment plan.
The registration fee for the workshop includes:
- Ten nights’ hotel accommodation: two nights in Amman, two nights at the Dead Sea, two nights at the Dana Biosphere Reserve, two nights in Petra, and one-night “glamping” in the desert at Wadi Rum…
- Plus, a room in Amman on departure day (since most flights leave after midnight, this will allow you to rest and freshen up)…
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with one beverage, except for your arrival day…
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure in Amman on the days of our itinerary. If you choose to extend your stay, we will help arrange it for you, but it is assumed you will cover your own airport transfer costs…
- Single-entry Jordanian travel visa…
- Transportation throughout the excursion on a modern air-conditioned bus…
- Licensed, English-speaking guide to accompany the group for the full duration…
- Entrance fees for all sites and activities in itinerary…
- Four-hour jeep tour in Wadi Rum…
- Sunrise camel tour in Wadi Rum…
- Camel ride caravan in Petra…
- Petra by night ticket…
- Transfer to ecolodge in Bedouin 4×4 vehicle…
- Bottled water provided daily in the vehicles…
- Daily photography instruction, including reviews and feedback from professional photographers and instructors…
- Access to an exclusive, members-only Facebook group where travelers can ask questions, share their plans, meet one another before the event, and stay connected post-event…
- Pre-event guidance from Great Escape Publishing Staff, including what to expect, what to pack for the weather, equipment list, travel tips, and more…
Your registration does NOT include:
- Airfare to and from Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan.
- Meals on first day of arrival.
- If you arrive early or stay late, there will be an additional fee for your airport transfers.
- Extra accommodations, if you decide to stay additional nights.
- Spa treatments, laundry and other charges at hotels.
- Most alcohol.
- Equipment – you must bring your own camera and equipment (e.g. laptop, notebook, etc.) A tripod is recommended for night photography.
- Tips for tour guides and bus drivers (tipping is at your discretion, but I usually budget $5/day for a great tour guide, and $3/day for bus drivers.)
Our commitment to affordability
We pledge to offer top-quality expeditions at the best possible price.
We create tours for travelers, not tourists—folks who want unique experiences they wouldn’t likely find on their own. And we strive to make each and every expedition better than the last.
The only way we can ensure affordable tours without sacrificing these experiences is to offer them one at a time—improving on each one—which means we don’t publish a yearly expedition schedule on our website. Many other tour companies use a simple formula, designed to shuffle tourists from one place to the next. They’ll use the same itinerary year after year, without making modifications. And that’s not who we are.
To keep our prices low and our itineraries fresh, we stay on top of the trends, deals, and best-value opportunities that we can get our hands on. This sometimes means we’ll put together a trip very quickly, and you might not have as much advance notice. But you’ll have a great price (oftentimes $2,000-$3,000 less than what you’ll find elsewhere), and a great itinerary. That’s our pledge to you!
What to bring:
- Your passport
- Your camera
- Spare batteries and charger (plus an adaptor and/or transformer if needed)
- Spare memory cards
- A laptop for storing and reviewing images (if you don’t have one, that’s ok, but you’ll really find it a great benefit for downloading images from your camera and possible processing.)
- Layers and comfortable shoes for walking (Joe recommends a travel sneaker for transit days and a sturdy sandal for photo days. He likes the Chaco brand.)
- A sense of adventure!
What to expect
As with all overseas travel, it’s recommended that you’re up to date on all routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends Hepatitis A and Typhoid for travelers going to Jordan. You can find all this, as well as more information pertaining to health precautions such as safe food and water practices, on the CDC Website.
The Jordanian Dinar is the currency used in Jordan. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards are widely accepted for payments by most shops and restaurants around the country but paying with cash (Jordanian Dinar) is generally easier. In some establishments you may be charged a 3%-4% service fee for paying by credit card. ATMs are widely available and can be easily accessed near our hotels in Amman, Petra, and The Dead Sea, as well as at the airport.
All rooms at our hotels in Amman, Petra, and at The Dead Sea are equipped with free Wi-Fi. The only place you will not have access is at our desert camp in Wadi Rum.
Jordan’s electrical system is a bit confusing since it can use as many as five different types of outlets (Type C, D, F, G, and J)! However, the two most commonly used are Type C and G. The standard voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz. Check on the label of your electronic device (charger, laptop power supply, etc.)—most electronics made in the past 10 years will handle 110-240 volts. You will probably not need a converter (only an adapter to get your prongs into the sockets)… but please check your labels to be sure!
We highly recommend insurance coverage for cancellation. This should be taken at the time you book the trip. We also recommend supplemental travel insurance to protect yourself in case of unplanned medical emergencies. We will send you more information after you book with us. It’s possible your credit card already covers you for certain things. We’ll send you advice on how to find out.
Visa entry/exit requirements:
U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport when traveling to Jordan with at least one blank page for your entry stamp. Jordan also requires a single-entry travel visa for all U.S. citizens which you’ll get when you arrive. Canadians have similar requirements but please check online to know for sure.
Attendees from other countries should check their application requirements online before registering. A visa will be provided for you when you arrive so long as you send us all your flight and passport details. We will ask you for this information before your trip. You will not have to arrange for a visa before you depart.
All skill and experience levels are welcome, and the concepts introduced are doable by anyone.
Point-and-shoot cameras or smartphones are welcome, but classes will be geared around DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
If your camera is new, it is helpful to become familiar with it before the expedition. We’ll send you a camera basics class before the workshop begins. But, don’t worry, we will do our best to get you comfortable with your camera by the end of your time with us.
Activity level: VERY HIGH
In Jordan, we will spend much of the time out and about walking, sometimes up and down hills, on irregular stairs, and often on uneven terrain. You should be able to walk comfortably for two miles and/or for at least an hour in these conditions.
For our Jeep excursions in Wadi Rum, you should be able to sit and bounce for several hours on bumpy terrain.
Parts of our excursion include riding on camels! You should have the energy and enthusiasm to ride these animals (with assistance!) or understand that you might want to sit out or stay behind.
And lastly, Jordan is a desert climate with relatively low humidity. It is important to drink plenty of water while on the tour, even when you don’t feel especially thirsty.
If you have any concerns about physical limitations, please contact a Great Escape Publishing staff member before registering. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 860-8266.
Generally, the weather in Jordan in May is warm with highs around 90°F and lows around 50°F. Please plan to bring:
- Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics that will keep you cool (you may also consider fabrics that offer cooling and wicking properties at stores like REI or general athletic stores)
- Comfortable walking shoes for short hikes to our landscape destination
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunhat to cover you from the harsh sun
- Light layers, as it can be chilly in the mornings and at night
Please note: Jordan is a Muslim nation and, as such, has a culture of modesty. We’ll send more details about appropriate clothing, and a full packing list as we get closer to the event.
Space is limited to just 12 attendees on this trip, so we strongly urge you to sign up today. It could be years before you get another opportunity to explore Jordan with such a small group of like-minded people—and, with an expert photographer (who knows this country inside and out) by your side!
We’ve had a number of requests to save seats already—this program will fill up quickly! So please, register here now by clicking below or, if you have any questions, call our office today at (561) 860-8266 (Eastern time zone).
Seats are first-come, first serve.
If you love to travel and have an interest in photography, you have what it takes to become a successful freelance travel photographer. It’s that easy. The many successful folks who have attended one of our workshops in the past don’t know anything you can’t learn to do on this trip.
You don’t need an expensive camera or lenses. And you don’t need photography experience to get started.
In Jordan, you’ll get all the real-world know-how you need to turn a trip here or a vacation there into a little cash on the side… or even jump in full-time. To turn 2019 into the year you transform your life, join us in Petra and Jordan and learn how you can pursue your dreams and get paid to do it…
NOTE: You may qualify for additional discounts on this expedition. Click below on the Register Today button for details or call our office at (561) 860-8266 to find out how much you can save.
Cancellation Policy: All our workshops and expeditions are non-refundable. If there is an emergency or a medical reason you need to cancel—and we can fill your seat with another paying participant before the event—we can offer you a workshop credit good toward another event in the amount of what you paid minus a $500 credit card processing fee. Refunds to your credit card are not possible.
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